: : : The Deer Hunter
===Story=== Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, ''The Deer Hunter'' is simultaneously an audacious directorial conceit and one of the greatest films ever made about friendship and the personal impact of war. Like ''Apocalypse Now'', it's hardly a conventional battle film--the soldier's experience was handled with greater authenticity in ''Platoon''--but its depiction of war on an intimate scale packs a devastatingly dramatic punch. Director Michael Cimino may be manipulating our emotions with masterful skill, but he does it in a way that stirs the soul and pinches our collective nerves with graphic, high-intensity scenes of men under life-threatening duress. Although Russian-roulette gambling games were not a common occurrence during the Vietnam war, they're used here as a metaphor for the futility of the war itself. To the viewer, they become unforgettably intense rites of passage for the best friends--Pennsylvania steelworkers played by Robert De Niro, John Savage, and Oscar winner Christopher Walken--who may survive or perish during their tour through a tropical landscape of hell. Back home, their loved ones must cope with the war's domestic impact, and in doing so they allow ''The Deer Hunter'' to achieve a rare combination of epic storytelling and intimate, heart-rending drama. ''--Jeff Shannon'' ===DVD Features=== *Color *Closed-captioned *Dolby *Widescreen ===VHS Features===
  • Closed-captioned
  • Color
  • HiFi Sound
  • Original recording reissued
  • NTSC
  • Available Languages: English, French, Russian, Vietnamese


    Robert De NiroMichael
    John CazaleStan
    John SavageSteven
    Christopher WalkenNick
    Meryl StreepLinda
    George DzundzaJohn
    Chuck AspergenAxel
    Shirley StolerSteven's Mother
    Rutanya AldaAngela
    Pierre SeguiJulien
    Mady KaplanAxel's Girl
    Amy WrightBridesmaid
    Mary Ann HaenelStan's Girl
    Richard KussLinda's Fater
    Joe GrifasiBandleader
    Helen TomkoHelen
    Paul D'AmatoSergeant
    Dennis WatlingtonCab Driver
    Charlene DarrowRed Head
    Jane-Colette DiskoGirl Checker
    Michael WolletStock Boy
    Robert BeardWorld War Veteran
    Joe DzizmbaWorld War Veteran
    Stephen KopestonskyPriest (as Father Stephen Kopestonsky)
    John F. Buchmelter IIIBar Patron
    Frank DevoreBarman
    Tom BeckerDoctor
    Lynn KongkhamNurse
    Nongnuj TimruangBar Girl
    Po Pao PeeChinese Referee
    Dale BurroughsEmbassy Guard
    Parris HicksSergeant
    Samui Muang-IntataChinese Bodyguard
    Sapox ColisiumChinese Man
    Vitoon WinwitoonNVA Officer
    Somsak SengvilaiV.C. Referee
    Charan NusvanonChinese Boss
    Jiam GongtongsmootChinese Man at Door
    Chai PeyawanSouth Vietnamese Prisoner
    Mana HansaSouth Vietnamese Prisoner
    SOmbot JumpanoiSouth Vietnamese Prisoner
    Phip ManeeWoman in Village
    Ding SantosV.C. Guard
    Krieng ChaiyapukV.C. Guard
    Ot PalapooV.C. Guard
    Chok Chai MahasokeV.C. Guard
    Hilary BrownHerself (Archive Footage) (Uncredited)
    Joe CummingsUS Embassy Guard (Uncredited)
    Lames KallAltar Boy (Uncredited)
    Tom MaddenSteelworker (Uncredited)

    • Genre: Drama Movies
    • Theme(s): Military, Historical, Asiatic
    • Director: Michael Cimino
    • Producer: Universal Pictures
    • Length: 182 min
    • Aspect ratio: 2.20:1
    • Theatrical Release
      North AmericaDec 8, 1978
      EuropeFeb 27, 1979
      JapanMar 24, 1979
      AustraliaFeb 22, 1979
    • Ratings
      North AmericaR
    • Blu-ray Release
      North AmericaMar 6, 2012
    • DVD Release
      North AmericaJan 2, 2002
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